After reading the first half of Ernest Hemingway’s short novel, In Our Time, I noticed that the author had a certain level of emotional withdrawal from his writing. Before each chapter there is a paragraph that Hemingway uses to reflect on his time spent in WWI and even though these are his personal memories, the reader feels as though they are disconnected from what should be sad emotions. I believe the author did this in order to enhance the idea that his life is worse than ours, but it still did not phase him. This idea makes the reader question the things that he must have experienced before writing these stories because he is not perturbed by any of the actions portrayed. The main character, Nick, has similar emotions to Hemingway, but since the stories are written to actually inform the reader of the events, Nick seems to express his emotions a little bit better than just another soldier in WWI. This relativity between humans was most likely written because the author wants all of us to see how sad of a life someone could have. This helps him release any emotions in his own personal way by making the reader feel sorry for the crimes he had to witness and perform.
On a nicer note, the introductions of the entire class of Hard Boiled was a great start to an interesting class. I loved how we were all to tell a crime related story that we knew because it both personalized the introduction as well as related to the topic of detective fiction. The books required for the class readings sound fun because they are all pretty much about murders and mystery which are one of my personal favorite genres. I look forward to intriguing discussions and blog posts that will enhance my understanding of… everything!